Genocide suspect, Vincent Rutunga extradited to Rwanda

Genocide suspect, Vincent Rutunga has been extradited to Rwanda from The Netherlands where he has been living.

Rutunga, 72, is suspected for his role in the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi in the former Butare Prefecture.

Rutunga was arrested in 2019 in The Netherlands where he had been living for more than 10 years.

Rutunga was born in 1949 in the former Ruhengeri Prefecture, currently Gakenke district in the Northen Province. During the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi, he lived in what is today Rubona village, Kiruhura cell, Ruhashya sector, Huye district in Southern Province.

He was the Director of Rwanda Institute of Agricultural Sciences (ISAR) – Rubona.

It is said that Rutunga invited Interahamwe militia to kill over 1000 Tutsi who fled to ISAR Rubona during the Genocide.

He later fled to foreign countries and was denied asylum status by the Netherlands in 2000.

He has been working partially as a researcher at Wageningen University in The Netherlands.

Other Genocide fugitives deported from The Netherlands include Jean Baptiste Mugimba and Jean Claude Iyamuremye who arrived in 2016 to face justice for complicity during the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi.


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